About this paper
To make informed business plans and strategic decisions, bank executives need risk information that's actually relevant to their business. Regulatory-driven, "check the box” approaches to stress testing focus exclusively on compliance and industry-wide threats - not business-specific threats. This paper explores the need for business-specific stress testing in which bank staff identify key risks and scenarios and engage with stakeholders to use risk insights to make informed changes to their firm. This second paper in a two-part series on stress testing also shares best practices gleaned from banks that are successfully using bank-specific stress tests to run their business smarter, safer and more profitably.